Micron Technology unleashed today its 256Mb DDR-II memory chips that had passed Intel’s verification at 400 and 533MHz speeds. The devices are projected for relatively cost-effective systems based on DDR-II enabled platform next year. All the leading memory makers said during IDF Fall 2003 in the
Boise, Idaho-based memory maker said its new 256Mb DDR-II devices are produced using 0.11 micron fabrication process.
Intel has validated Micron’s DDR-II components at 400MHz speed on the x4 and x8 configurations and 533MHz speed on the x8 configuration. In 2004, DDR-II 400MHz will be used primarily in server platforms and DDR-II 533MHz will be utilized in desktop applications.
Since 1GB or 2GB dual-channel configurations will cost quite a lot next year, a lot of desktop computers will have to be shipped with 512MB of memory in order to meet generally acceptable price-points. 256Mb DRAMs are preferable for 256MB sticks that will be surely adopted by OEMs targeting mainstream market segments.